The Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is the Chapel’s social justice ministry. Students in SALT serve as the leadership team that invites Valpo students to engage in Christian service both near and far. SALT is involved in local volunteering, spring break service trips and church-based community organizing.
Meetings are Tuesday evenings when classes are in session. SALT held its final meeting of the school year May 7th.
You can join SALT’s list serv by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave the subject line blank and type the message “subscribe salt-l” in the body of the message. The character after the hyphen is an “L”.
World Relief Campaign events:
The campaign is complete! See the World Relief Campaign page for more info.
Each year, the members of SALT choose one project for the World Relief Campaign, a major fundraising effort that is carried out during the spring semester. SALT has successfully raised $64,000 in just the last five projects, including the 2012 campaign to fund the construction of a well at a hospital in Kenya.
The YAWA Project: Bettering a Nation Through Education
Red Cloud Indian School / Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Project Goal: $15,000
This project is similar to the WRC from 2004, which funded a library at a public school on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The proposal submitted this year would go to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to fund document cameras (unspecified budget) so that the school can begin a new reading program. Native American causes are largely under funded and Pine Ridge has been named among the poorest places in the United States. The Red Cloud Indian School depends on private donations for more than 95% of its operating budget and provides free tuition for its students.
Read more on the World Relief Campaign page.
If you have any questions about the campaign, email Chair Nicole Wilken.
Love travel? The 2013 Valpo Interaction (VIA) magazine is out! Pick up a copy on campus. See past issues on our VIA page.
Read the Spring 2013 edition of the Shaker, SALT's quarterly newsletter.
You can also read back issues of the Shaker:
The Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is the Spirit-led social justice ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University in which students in community seek to embody the Christian call to be the "salt of the earth" (Matt. 5:13). SALT helps students develop a passion and practice of Christian social action. SALTers draw upon God’s love for people to cultivate the skills of community organizing, awareness raising, and fund development. SALT alumni are equipped to lead lives of social justice and serve as agents for positive change in their communities.
Here's who to contact if you have questions about SALT-related things:
Chair: Jenni Sechrist
World Relief Campaign Chair: Nicole Wilken
Lutheran Malaria Initiative Rep: Andrew Denecke
PSJS/focus groups: Caleb Rollins
Chaplain: Nate King
PR: Grace Shemwell
One-on-Ones/social chair: Chelsea Kiehl
Secretary: Heidi Binder
Spring Break Trips: Kyle Groves
Advisor: Pastor James Wetzstein